Brighton might just be the greatest place on earth right now. More gorgeous girls per square inch than is strictly healthy for any man with a girlfriend, a beach to sit on or swim from at four in the morning when you stumble from a club and a burgeoning music scene to rival that big place up the other end of the A23.
The Really Really Metro Cities claim to be at the forefront of this south coast tidal wave of exciting new acts, but I’d rather sit on the pebble beach in January with chronic piles than sit through this demo again. La Mallaleche and Biff Bang Pow are passionless pub-rock soul; if they were any more cod they’d be from Grimsby. Lead singer Matt Poole’s vocals are X Factor-lite at best, whilst the backing ‘whoahs’, ‘yeahs’ and pointless line repetition from Gayle Gold makes Rowetta sound like Aretha.
Unidentified Disco Infection (oh pur-lease!) tries to inject some baggy grooves into the proceedings and serves only to remind you that the Happy Mondays have been complete bollocks since they released ‘Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches’, and One Night In Shoreham manages the stunning combination of a hideously overwrought intro, a jaunty country number almost worthy of the Broken Family Band and the ability to outstay its welcome within two minutes. Really Really Metro Cities? Really really pretty shitty, I’m afraid.